Step Up Your Game at The Riley Park Club

Just when you think you’ve seen all the beautiful venues in Charleston, the people from the Indigo Road Group have wowed us again with The Riley Park Club.   Situated on the second floor club level at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, this scenic view has everything you would want for a private party.  The obvious would be an exclusive gathering to watch a RiverDogs game, or think outside the box by hosting a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, corporate event, or a swanky holiday party with the stadium all to yourself.

I had the opportunity to take a tour of the The Riley Park Club and sampled the delicious tasting menu from Mercantile and Mash, the exclusive caterers to the club.  Keeping up with the Indigo Road Group ethos, all of the food is sourced from local farmers and everything is fresh.  The menu also includes some of the most popular dishes from their other restaurants like O-Ku and Oak Steakhouse, and all of the food is made on site.

These tuna bites with an avocado puree was so delectable, I could’ve easily inhaled all of them myself.

The hors d’oeuvres kept on coming and these oysters did not disappoint!

The other perks of hosting your event at The Riley Park Club is on-site parking,  in-house rental items, built-in A/V equipment, banquet seating for up to 100 guests,  and reception space for up to 200 guests.  Perfect for any medium size event, which can be hard to find in Charleston.  

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the RiverDog’s field, as well as the Ashley River marsh.  Where else can you experience a view like this at a swanky soiree?

Want to pretend like your Bill Murray and have free range of the ball park?  You can use the scoreboard for non-game day events, have cocktails on the field then dinner in the club.  Now that’s what I call ballin’.

 So if your looking to step your game up (pun intended) and want to host an event that’s unique and unexpected, then The Riley Park Club  is your venue.  

Dress by Mason Hosker, Earrings and rings from Gold Creations, Bangles from Croghans Jewel Box,

Photography by Nicole Mickle, Makeup by Bellelina Studio, Hair by Drybar Charleston,  Rentals by Event HausFlorals by Stephanie Gibbs Events

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Sunset Session with the Aylyst

The fashion community in Charleston is growing by the day, including fashion designers.  I recently met with Aysha Louise of The Aylyst, a contemporary women’s clothing line that transcends style and accessibility.   Aysha is a Charleston native and her background in design and styling spans from New York to L.A.   American made clothing with outfits under $100?  Double win!  We mixed clothing and accessories from local shops to show you how you can be on the Aylyst no matter how you wear it.

Aylyst Vest Dress $65 // White dress from Beckett Boutique // Jewelry from Gold Creations

Aylyst Striped Wide Leg Pants $53 // T-shirt and bag from Hampden Clothing

Stay tuned for The Aylyst Resort 2019 preview with swimsuits that pop!

Swimsuits by The Aylyst Resort 2019 preview, striped pants by The Aylyst  // Shorts from Hampden Clothing // Earrings from Moon & Lola / Bangle and rings from Gold Creations

Photography by Paul King, Shot on location with Handsome Properties at 76 On the Harbor Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC  Click here for more information on property

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A Mindful Monday with Serenity Tree Yoga

A few weeks ago I co-hosted a sunset yoga session with my girl Melora Morgan of Serenity Tree Yoga.  I first connected with Melora 13 years ago when she was teaching yoga at Gold’s Gym.  Her energy and constant positive vibrations drew me close and we became fast friends.  Now more than ever her mantra of loving yourself and living without fear is so relevant in the world we live in.  Practice yoga is not just a physical activity, but a time to be present, honor ourselves, and show gratitude for the life that we live.

Melora usually teaches her classes on Folly Beach but a strong storm rolled in and thankfully our plan B worked out perfectly.  We ended up doing our session on the pier on the top floor and it felt like we had our own private party.

Liz Martin of the Charleston Weekender always brings the good vibes.  Even though the rain teased us we were excited to wear our outfits from Onzie , sunglasses from Sunglass LA, Evolve Malas, and Petaloso flower crowns.

The Juice Joint served up the most delicious acai bowls and watermelon juices.  They’re food truck on Folly has some of the healthiest choices on the beach!

Melora with Kate Counts of Evolve Malas. Kate is another amazing yoga teacher and I always enjoy her encouraging words during practice.

Carol and Kenzie of KC Doubletake always make fitness look stylish.

Melora has the touch when it comes to making sure your connecting with your practice

There’s nothing like feeling the wind on the water and overlooking the ocean while your exercising.  Yoga on the beach is probably the best setting for total relaxation which is why her private sessions including Charleston bachelorette parties are such a hit. There are so many Charleston bachelorette ideas out there, but this tops my list.

View more to see the rest of the fun pics and the lovely ladies that attended.

Twist Cutout Back Tank by Onzie $43 from Nordstrom,  Mudra Bra by Onzie $49 from ZapposHigh Basic Midi leggings $59 from Zappos, tote bag from Graefic Design

Photography by Elizabeth Fay

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Bespoke Sandals by Michael Grey

In this world of “fast fashion” it’s refreshing to experience a new take on it.  Footwear designer Michael Grey is making custom sandals under an hour’s time and I witnessed his whole process in the beginning of sandal season this summer here in Charleston.  He set up his sandal making shop in the window display at Shoes on King and fitted women’s feet while they picked out leather and suede straps.  For the same price of an off the shelf brand shoe, you could have a custom sandal that fits your foot perfectly and a style that you pretty much get to design yourself.

Hailing from Goose Creek and current dweller in NYC, Michael Grey packed up his sandal factory to come to Charleston for his pop up shop. He usually sets up shop in his sandal truck in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where he bangs out sandals all day long, even in the winter time.  Picture a food truck, but instead of serving food on the go, he’s making sandals on the go.

I first met Michael Grey a couple of years ago at Charleston Fashion Week where he was showing as an Emerging Designer. His collection of military inspired women’s clothing was bold and graphic, and celebrated women in a strong and powerful light.  He paired the clothing with his custom sky high wooden wedge boots, which might have stole the show.

I’m also wearing another Charleston Fashion Week alum, Heather Rose Johnson who showed this past year.  Her runway show was a beautiful mix of vintage details and hand knitted pieces that came together for a modern, eclectic chic collection.  These outfits were a perfect match for Michael’s bespoke sandals.

Stay tuned for Michael Grey‘s website and another pop up in Charleston before the end of summer. Getting a custom pair of shoes made is something that everyone should treat themselves to.

Photography by Nicole Mickle, Jewelry from Jtv and Goldbug Sullivan’s Island, Sunglasses from Blue Planet Eyewear and Sunglass.LA

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Not So Basic Brunch

Grab your girlfriends because the first Not-So-Basic Brunch is happening on July 29th at The Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory. Get ready for an early afternoon of signature cocktails, mimosas, tasty bites, and fun vibes!  Why is it no so basic?  The event will feature art, beauty, entertainment, innovative event design and top-notch cuisine from Mercantile and Mash.

Other than delicious food and drinks there will be plenty of photo ops because Petaloso will be there with her gorgeous floral fantasy displays along with Paper Swallow Events.  Lori from Petaloso transformed me into this garden fairy with her amazing floral skills and vision.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the brunch!

If you want to make sure your photo ready then Colur Studios will be there set up with their beauty bar doing touch ups.

Get inspired by local artist Blakely Little, be entertained by Élan Artists, and indulge in some D.I.Y. with a mobile candle library & custom event candles by Candlefish

I can’t wait to see what these other local businesses have up their sleeves –  Pure Luxe Bride, Sloan Photography, Technical Event Company, 428 Main, Event Works Rentals, Nuage Designs, J.Lily Design, Skirt! Magazine.

Mark your calendar and scoop up your tickets here because this is event is one not to be missed!

Photography by Tara Whittaker, Hair and Makeup by Katrina Lawyer

Summer in the City

With summer in full swing and 4th of July a week away there are plenty of soirees to get decked out for.  Beckett Boutique is definitely the place to find the perfect statement dress, cool separates, and even swimsuits that are exclusive to Charleston.  The ladies at Beckett always know how to hand select the most beautiful clothing and accessories that you can’t find anywhere else.

I’m obsessed with this Alexis dress from Beckett Boutique, it’s the perfect amount of flirty feminine with the print and ruffles, but unexpected with the body con fit.  This brand Alexis is known for their wow factor, and this one does not fall short.

If Stevie Nicks lived in Charleston she would definitely rock this PS The Label dress from Beckett Boutique. It’s total peach perfection!

So if your looking for that show stopping outfit, check out  Beckett Boutique on Upper King.  And if you can’t make it into the store then follow them on Instagram @beckettboutique, they’re always posting the latest and greatest.  They have shoppable links on IG and their online store is open 24/7.  It doesn’t get any better than supporting a local Charleston boutique from the comforts of your home!

Jewelry from Porter Conrad // Zac Zac Posen sunglasses from Nordstrom $85 // Shoes by Serverde

Photography by Clifford Pate

Staycation at The Restoration

Having a staycation with my family is just as fun as hopping on a plane and experiencing a new city.  The beauty of jumping in your car and driving a few miles to your destination just means you have more time to experience your vacation, and less time traveling.  We do after all, live in one of the top travel destinations in the world.  Me and my crew had the opportunity to stay at The Restoration Hotel downtown, one of the most dynamic boutique hotels in Charleston, offering everything from vintage car rentals, shopping, dining, baby sitting services, and grocery delivery to your room.

 You can rent a vintage car at The Restoration Hotel by the hour or by the day from Dream Classic Rentals.  It was so much fun riding in this 1966 Mustang over the James Island connector to Folly Beach.  I didn’t realize how much attention we would get, everyone loves a vintage convertible, especially in this bright turquoise.

Hat by San Diego Hat Co. from Shoes.com $44.95 // Bag by San Diego Hat company from Zappos $32.99 // Romper by L’Atiste from Toss Designs $48 // Sunglasses from Sunglass LA $12 // Jewelry by Barracuda Moon  // shoes by Serverde

It doesn’t get anymore convenient than The Curated Coastal Package which is a great service The Restoration Hotel offers to make your trip to the beach extra easy.  They packed a yummy picnic for all of us which included sandwiches, cheese, crackers, fruit and water. Plus they throw in beach chairs and a game of paddle board.   As you can see here we throughly enjoyed our care-free day at the beach thanks to The Restoration.

Turkish towels by The Charleston Weekender from Cannonborough Collective // sunglasses from Sunglass LA // and swimsuit from Citrine Swim 

After all of the saltwater and sand we were ready to get back to The Restoration Hotel and take a dip in the pool.  The 5th floor private pool has the most amazing views of Charleston in an intimate setting.  We lucked out and got the pool all to ourselves.  You really feel like your in another city when you get to experience all of the amenities of a boutique hotel.

Sun wrap worn as a head wrap by Zags x Goldbug Collection from Croghans Jewel Box // Goldbug Collection Bee Mine earrings $85 from Croghans Jewel Box // ZAc Zac Posen sunglasses from Nordstrom $85 // Swimsuit from Old Navy $44.99

View more to check out the rest of our hotel stay including the incredibly delicious dinner at The Watch restaurant, cooking breakfast in our suite, and squeezing out the last moments of our staycation at The Restoration Hotel. If your looking for an escape this summer, I’ve teamed up with The Restoration for 15% off a hotel booking with promo code FAMILY now through August.  Click here to book and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Straw from Cannonborough Collective

Photography by Clifford Pate

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